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BELTON, Texas- With the fall signing days having been completed, the focus is now on the spring, as commitments from athletes in a variety of sports continue to roll in. Recruiting never takes a day off, as any coach will tell you, and this is the only place that you will find the most up-to-date UMHB recruiting information and the latest athletes who have “committed” to join the Cru. Our commitment tracker covers the athletes that have “committed” to join the Cru as well as those who “decommit” from UMHB, allowing you to stay engaged with the future of Crusader athletics.

It is important to note that at the division three level, athletes do not sign “Letters of Intent” but do confirm their commitments to the school of their choice in a celebratory signing ceremony.

Make sure to check back periodically, as this article will be updated with the latest UMHB commits and decommits. For the most recent signees, check out our National Signing Day Tracker.

For prior commits in the Class of 2021 and Class of 2022, go to our archive page here.

Miguel Perla

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Mesquite, Texas/Mesquite HS

Class of: 2023

Commitment Date: Jan. 27, 2023

Perla, a talented offensive lineman standing at 6’0, 285 lbs, greatly aided Mesquite’s rushing attack, playing on the varsity level since 2020 (according to Hudl). He has a strong first step, and makes contact early with the opposing defender, leading to key blocks for the running back. Perla was recruited by ASC foes ETBU, and Texas Lutheran, in addition to offers from Centenary (La.) and Wisconsin Lutheran. 

Keiran Phounsavath

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Royse City, Texas/Royse City HS

Class of: 2023

Commitment Date: Jan. 25, 2023

A noseguard and defensive end for Royse City, Phounsavath tallied 48 total tackles, 30 of which were solo, during his senior season in 2022. He added 5.0 tackles for loss and is exceptional in getting into the backfield, putting pressure on the opposing quarterback through the middle of the offensive line. That forces the quarterback to go right or left, which leads to scrambling outside the pocket and often, incompletions. He was also offered by Howard Payne, Culver-Stockton, ETBU, and Sul Ross State. 

Isaac McCrumby

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Garrison, Texas/Garrison High School

Class of: 2023

Commitment Date: Jan. 24, 2023

McCrumby was a First Team All-District WR this past fall and a Second Team All-District defensive back as a senior in District 22-2A. He tallied 20 receptions for 479 yards and seven touchdowns on offense, while adding 31 tackles in 10 games on the defensive side of the ball. He also returned kickoffs for Garrison, with 176 return yards in 2022. McCrumby also held offers from McMurry (ASC), Millsaps, Westminster College, Wayland Baptist, Texas Lutheran (ASC), and others. 

Guy Powell

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Bangs, Texas/Bangs High School

Class of: 2023

Commitment Date: Jan. 24, 2023

A 5’7, 170 lb running back/athlete out of Bangs, Powell runs a 4.40 40-yard dash and has been clocked at 10.73 in the 100-meter dash. A natural speedster, Powell was a First Team All-District selection as a senior, carrying the ball 211 times for 2,040 yards and 25 touchdowns this past fall. He tallied 11 100-yard rushing performances, and had eight receptions with four receiving touchdowns as well. As a free safety, he was just as spectacular, with 105 solo tackles during the 2022 season, and recovered two fumbles. Powell was also offered by Rocky Mountain College and Eastern New Mexico. 

Luke Smith

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Crosby, Texas/Crosby HS

Class of: 2023

Commitment Date: Jan. 23, 2023

A slot receiver, Smith caught 39 receptions for 559 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 14.3 yards per catch this past fall. At 5’7, 155 lbs, Smith’s speed is exceptional and played a role in helping Crosby reach the 5A state semifinals in 2021, as Smith had 350 receiving yards that season.The one route that allowed him to get past defenses time and time again was a screen pass from the outside that saw Smith cut back before turning upfield, creating space between him and opposing defensive backs.  He was offered by UMHB on Jan.16 and also held an offer from D-III heavyweight Mount Union, 

Joshua Kurtenbach

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Denison, Texas/Denison HS

Class Of: 2023

Commitment Date: Jan. 23, 2023

Kurtebach is incredibly versatile, having played quarterback, safety, wide receiver, and linebacker at points in his prep career at Denison HS, though he focused on quarterback in 2022. This past fall, Kurtenback carried the ball 101 times for 542 yards and eight scores, adding 10 toucdhowns through the air. He completed 103-of-156 passes for 1,419 yards. His first offer came from Hendrix College in August of 2022, and he also had an offer from UMHB, visiting campus on Jan. 21. He committed just two days later to The Cru. Also notable, Kurtenbach is currently ranked 13th in his senior class of 288 with a 4.63 GPA. 

Albert Williams

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Spring, Texas/Spring hS

Class of: 2023

Commitment Date: Jan. 22, 2023

A three-sport athlete who is currently averaging 6.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in basketball, Williams’ athleticism is notable. At 6’4, 195 lbs, he was a matchup problem for opposing defensive backs in high school, and will likely be a matchup problem for UMHB’s opponents once he sees action in Belton, due to his combined size and athleticism. This past season, he had 564 receiving yards for Spring on 36 receptions, along with 296 rushing yards on 32 carries. He also completed 16-of-33 passes, tossing a pair of touchdowns. He also had an offer from Texas Wesleyan and D-I FCS Austin Peay State. 

CJ Irving

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: San Antonio, Texas/Veterans Memorial HS

Class of: 2023

Commitment Date: Jan. 21, 2023

A pro-style quarterback, some have said Irving is one of, if not the, most agile quarterbacks to come out of the San Antonio area this year. His speed combined with his arm strength to throw the ball deep allows him to challenge opposing defenses in a number of ways. He was selected as District 13-5A First-Team QB this past fall, and was selected to the San Antonio Sports All-Star Game, played in the Alamodome. Irving had interest from D-I programs, and picked up offers from Sul Ross State and Hardin-Simmons, amongst others. 

Gage Ellis

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Fort Wort, Texas/Boswell HS

Class of: 2023

Commitment Date: Jan. 19, 2023

A skilled running back and wide receiver, Ellis has a smaller frame at 5’8, 155 lbs, but more than makes up for it with his speed. Often the slot receiver in Boswell’s 4 WR sets, Ellis has unmatched speed, often outdistancing the opposing defensive back within 15 yards of the line of scrimmage. He has great hands and showed an ability to catch the ball in traffic multiple times this past fall for Boswell, with 43 receptions, 721 receiving yards, and nine touchdowns. He was offered by UMHB on Dec, 15, 2022. 

Jonathan Martin Jr. 

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Beaumont, Texas/Beaumont United HS

Class of: 2023

Committment Date: Jan. 18, 2023

Martin, a quarterback/athlete, can do a little bit of everything on the field, and notable chose UMHB over another D-III power, Mount Union, amongst other offers. As a quarterback, he has a solid arm with confidence in the pocket, and completed 32 of 71 passing attempts in six games for Beaumont United this past year (according to MaxPreps). His longest completion went for 80 yards. A top-level athlete, he showed his ability to run with the ball in his hands as well, tallying 272 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. Martin was offered by UMHB on Aug. 18, 2022. 

Sophia Read

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Lago Vista, Texas/Lago Vista HS

Class of: 2023

Commitment (Announced) Date: Jan. 17, 2023

Read has been a key force for Lago Vista through her senior season, playing in 25 games while averaging 11.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.0 steals per contest. A shooting guard/point guard, she started at point guard as a freshman, thanks to her ability to make clean passes with good timing, in addition to her scoring ability. She sees the floor well and based on film, is equally impactful on both ends of the floor, as a great defender in addition to her offensive success. 

Nathan Prehar

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Dripping Springs, Texas/Dripping Springs HS

Class of: 2023

Commitment Date: Jan. 17, 2023

A 6’2, 245 lb defensive end for one of the top 6A programs in Central Texas, Prehar is a force to be reckoned with at the line of scrimmage. In 12 games during his senior year, he tallied 38 total tackles, 10 solo, and 4.0 tackles for loss while putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks throughout the season. Prehar was part of a Dripping Springs team that went 12-2 this past year, winning three playoff games in the process. He visited UMHB on Jan. 16. 

Helijah Johnson

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School:Fischer, Texas/Canyon Lake HS

Class of: 2023

Commitment Date: Jan. 17, 2023

A San Antonio Sports All-Star Game selection, Johnson has speed but runs downhill as well, a good combination for a running back. His 40-yard dash has been timed at 4.6 seconds, and also tallied several yards after contact for Canyon Lake this past season. He averaged 90 rushing yards per game finishing with six touchdowns on 85 carries and 543 total yards. He also demonstrated good hands out of the backfield, catching 12 passes for 183 yards. Johnson was offered by UMHB on Dec. 13, 2022. 

Ryan Anderson

Sport: Cross Country

Hometown/High School: The Woodlands, Texas/College Park HS

Class of: 2023

Commitment Date: Nov. 14, 2022

Anderson is a fantastic addition for head coach Alex Aldaco’s men’s cross country squad, which has been seeking to gain traction over the last several years as the relatively new program develops. Anderson was a key member of College Park’s program, as a two-time team regional qualifier, 6A State Championships team qualifier, and also ran on the team that placed third at the 2022 Nike South Regional. His top 5K time of the year came on Oct. 1, when he ran a 16:02.1 at the Nike South Invitational (though cross country typically is more reliant on place than time, considering each course is different). Anderson has consistently improved his times across the board from season-to-season, going back to his freshman year in 2019, which is a very good indication of his continued progression entering the collegiate ranks. 

Marcus Taylor II

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Buda, Texas/Hays HS

Class of: 2022 (TRANSFER)

Commitment Date: Jan. 5, 2023

Taylor is the third known transfer UMHB has added to its roster for the 2023 season, as Taylor comes from Widener University, a D-III program in Chester, Pennsylvania. A defensive back, Taylor saw significant action as a true freshman in 2022, playing six games with 16 solo tackles, and 18 total tackles. He added two interceptions, which ranked first on the team, and four pass breakups, also a team-high. With collegiate experience already under his belt, Taylor brings an increased level of maturity to Belton, though he will only be in his sophomore year this next fall. He was originally offered by UMHB out of high school, on Feb 28, 2022. 

James Tejeda

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Houston, Texas/Stratford HS

Class of: 2023

Commitment Date: Jan. 5, 2023

An offensive lineman who can play either tackle or guard, Tejeda is the first high school commit for the Cru in 2023. At 6’2, 245 lbs, he was a force on the line at Stratford, a team that went 8-3 in 2022, and reached the playoffs. Tejeda finished his prep career as a District 17-6A honoree and was offered by UMHB on Oct. 17. 

Tyler Woods

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School/Prev. School: Cypress, Texas/The Village School/Hardin-Simmons

Class of: 2020 (TRANSFER)

Commitment Date: Jan. 4, 2023

Woods transfers from HSU to UMHB after spending two and a half seasons in Abilene. He entered the transfer portal midseason on Oct. 27, and has three years of eligibility remaining. While in high school, Woods was a TAPPS First-Team All-State selection, as well as an Academic All-State honoree. At 6’0, 215 lbs, he can run downhill, but can also catch passes out of the backfield, and blocks well in the pocket, making him a versatile contributor to any offense. 

Jordan Oldoerp

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School/Prev. School: Hutto, Texas/Hendrickson HS/Southern Nazarene

Class of: 2021 (TRANSFER)

Commitment Date: Jan. 3, 2023

The first commitment of the new year is Oldoerp, a transfer quarterback from D-II Southern Nazarene. He helped Hendrickson to the second round of the playoffs as a senior in 2021 and set four school records while with the Hawks for passing yards in a game, passing yards in a season, completions in a game and touchdowns in a game. He steps up in the pocket and throws downfield with tremendous arm strength, but has speed as a runner as well, making him a true dual-threat signal caller. He entered the transfer portal on Dec. 26 and has three years of eligibility.

Dakarion Judge

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Orange, Texas/West Orange-Stark HS

Class of: 2023

Commitment Date: Dec. 29, 2022

Even with All-American WR/KR/PR K.J. Miller having finished his college career, UMHB will still have West Orange-Stark HS represented on its roster, with Judge’s presence. A fleet-footed receiver who can also have a tremendous impact in the return game, he reads the opposing defensive backs well as he turns upfield. At West Orange-Stark, he was often put in motion as the ball was snapped, catching swing passes in the flat, which allowed him to showcase his speed and get into the open field. His 40-yard dash has been timed at 4.58 seconds. UMHB was the first program to offer Judge back on Oct. 31. 

Quint Mullen

Sport: Baseball

Hometown/High School: Cedar Park, Texas/Cedar Park HS

Class of: 2023

Commitment Date: Dec. 9. 2022

UMHB head coach Mike Stawski continues to have success recruiting the Austin area, adding Mullen to the incoming class last week. The District 25-5A Defensive Player of the Year in 2022 as an infielder, Mullen helped CPHS to a 22-9-1 record last spring. He has excellent arm strength throwing across the field, and at the plate, has a solid uphill swing that often leads to extra-base hits. 

Carson Riley

Sport: Baseball

Hometown/High School: Liberty Hill, Texas/Liberty Hill HS

Class of: 2023

Commitment Date: Nov. 11, 2022

A catcher from nearby Liberty Hill, Riley is well-polished both at the plate and behind it. He hit .405 for LHHS with an on-base percentage of .475 during the 2022 season. He is stellar at catcher, and you won’t catch many opposing baserunners trying to steal bases with him behind the plate, as his arm strength is impressive.  Riley was a 25-5A Second-Team All-District selection this past spring. 

Jordan Fernandez

Sport: Baseball

Hometown/High School: Castroville, Texas/Cornerstone Baseball

Class of: 2023

Commitment Date: Nov. 11, 2022

An outfielder and right-handed pitcher, Fernandez has great athleticism, which is seen in his ability to make on play on pretty much any flyball hit in his direction. He runs a 7.13 in the 60-yard dash. On the mound, according to a report from Perfect Game, Fernandez has “Simple mechanics with control and found the zone plenty.” Also impressive is the fact that in the span of two years from 2019-2021, Fernandez saw a jump of 10 miles per hour in the speed of his fastball, a good sign of progression. 

Dallas Payne 

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Houston, Texas/ Stratford High School

Commitment Date: Nov. 15, 2022

Payne is an exceptional running back and slot back, who has the potential to grow into an all-conference-type player after arrival in Belton. With speed and good vision, Payne rushed for 1,052 yards on 133 carries this past season, with five 100-plus yard performances. In the receiving game, Payne had 11 receptions for 145 yards. He had 12 rushing touchdowns, and two receiving touchdowns. 

Cooper Staton

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Moody, Texas/Moody High School/

Commitment Date: Nov. 10, 2022

Staton is UMHB’s second known football commit in the Class of 2023. A versatile wide receiver, who is effective on both short and long routes, he was recently selected to play in the Dream All-American Bowl on Jan. 16, 2023 in Dallas, which is a high honor, considering a committee hand-selects the invitees. A 6’0, 160 lb high school senior, Staton had 27 catches for 356 yards and a touchdown this past fall.

Caiden LaSala

Hometown/High School: New Braunfels, Texas/Canyon HS

Commitment Date: Oct. 11, 2022

LaSala, a defensive specialist/libero for Canyon and Ignite Volleyball Club, is the third addition that we have recorded to UMHB volleyball’s 2023 recruiting class. Playing for a strong high school team that is currently 9-0 in district play, LaSala has played in 97 sets, averaging 2.2 digs per set, along with 33 assists. She has played in no shortage of high-level matches, including the 2021 UIL 5A State Tournament, as Canyon posted a 43-8 record. 

Rylan Unnasch

Sport: Baseball

Hometown/High School:Austin, Texas/Anderson HS

Commitment Date: Aug. 29, 2022

A right-hander who pitches and plays the middle infield, Unnasch is a quality addition to the incoming class. He is polished defensively at both the shortstop and second base positions, able to get to virtually every ground ball hit his way, and make the throw to first base in plenty of time. A First Team All-District selection as a junior, he hit .464 in 100 plate appearances, with 29 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .600, as Anderson won its district. 

Brennan Wuerch

Sport: Baseball

Hometown/High School: Cedar Park, Texas/Regents School of Austin

Commitment Date: Oct. 1, 2022

Wuerch, who primarily plays centerfield for Regents, is an exceptional addition to the Class of 2023 for head coach Mike Stawski’s program. He has speed, running a 6.75 60-yard dash, and consistency at the plate, having hit .680 this spring. His on-base percentage was .723, and Wuerch was successful on 89 percent of his stolen base attempts. He is the kind of player who sprints out of the batter’s box after making contact, and will do anything to make the catch in center field, which should make him a good fit in a program that seems to share a similar approach, especially to baserunning. 

Hannah Ayala

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: El Paso, Texas/Immanuel Christian School

Commitment Date: Aug. 21, 2022

A 6’0 power forward/shooting forward, Ayala is a strong player on both ends of the floor. Her height has allowed her to be a force in the paint, but on multiple occasions, she has connected on shots from three-point range as well. Defensively, she guards the rim, and once tallied four blocks in a game against Newman International Academy as a junior in 2021-22. Last season, Ayala was named to the TCAF All-State First Team, after averaging 16.5 points, and 14.6 rebounds per game. 

Grant Moffatt

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Burleson, Texas/Burleson Centennial HS 

Commitment Date: Sept. 20, 2022

Moffatt, a Class of 2023 offensive line commit, stands at 6’5, 250 lbs, primarily playing offensive tackle. He has size, but also an excellent first step off of the line, and has played a key role in the success of Centennial’s rushing attack this season. The Spartans are 4-0, with a 2-0 district record at the time of Moffatt’s commitment. 

Lexi Clements

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Austin, Texas/Lake Travis High School

Commitment Date: July 28, 2022

Clements is a top-notch sharpshooter in the Class of the 2023, and is versatile, able to play both point guard and shooting guard. The 5’8 standout has been starting games for Lake Travis since her sophomore year, but was sidelined by an ACL tear for 10 months until January of her junior year. On both ends of the floor, Clements has great vision, able to make the necessary pass to a teammate for an easy layup, or intercept an opponent’s pass and turn it into points in transition. Clements attended UMHB’s Nike Skills Camp on June 29. 

R.J. Haberer

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Luray, Kansas/Sylvan-Lucas High School/Bethany College

Transfer was made known to True To The Cru on July 28, 2022

A 6’3, 240 lb tight end, Haberer will join UMHB’s offense as a graduate transfer for the 2022 season. He spent three years at Bethany, an NAIA program, and tallied 21 receptions for 320 yards and two touchdowns during the 2021 season. 

Daymeonn Vercher

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Laredo, Texas/United South High School

Commitment Date: June 7, 2022

Even when it seemed that UMHB’s 2022 incoming class had been completely wrapped up, the Cru secured another commitment less than 85 days before the season opener. Vercher, a talented guard who received offers from Southwestern, McMurry and Mount Union, adds to a stacked freshman offensive line group for the Crusaders this fall. Twice named 6A All-State by the Texas Sportswriters’ Association, Vercher, at 6’2, 315 lbs, is quick on the snap and has great lateral movement. He also has experience playing center, something he did a various points during his time on the field for United South. 

Keagyn Ure

Sport: Softball

Hometown/High School: Keller, Texas/Timber Creek High School

Commitment Date: Aug. 9, 2021

Ure’s commitment to UMHB was only made known to True To The Cru on June 6 of this year, when the program announced Ure as an incoming freshman for the 2023 season. But she committed before her senior year began, and while committed to the Cru, hit .261 in 36 games for Timber Creek. She recorded 15 RBIs and had 30 hits, while posting a near-perfect .938 fielding percentage as a catcher and outfielder. Ure has power behind her swing, and is part of a very solid recruiting class for head coach Melissa Mojica, who will enter her third season in that position in 2023. Following her senior year, Ure was awarded the Melody Fuentes Unsung Hero Award from the Timber Creek softball program, embodying “the whole spirit of a kid who works hard no matter the circumstances.” 

Trace Holmes

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Sweeny, Texas/Sweeny High School

Commitment Date: May 27, 2022

Holmes, a quarterback and free safety in the Class of 2022, stands at 5’10, 165 lbs, but makes up for it with his versatile skill set. He is quick on both sides of the ball, with that natural ability to outrun everyone else on the field As a quarterback, he has an obvious feel for the pocket, and playing behind a college offensive line, Holmes will have more time to wait for passing lanes to develop, furthering his abilities as a dual-threat signal caller. A testament to his athleticism, he runs a 4.63 40-yard dash, and has a vertical leap of 30.4 inches. Holmes also had offers from North American Univ., Texas Lutheran and Waldorf Univ.

Jack Bruner

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Wimberley, Texas/Wimberley High School

Commitment Date: May 17, 2022

The state’s top-ranked Class 4A kicker in 2021 by the Texas Sports Writers Association, Bruner is a late addition to the incoming class, but one who could have an early impact in Belton. He connected on 11 of his 12 field-goal attempts, with a long of 49 yards, during his senior season. One of the top performers at the Kicking World National Showcase, he has a strong leg, and according to a PrepStar Regional Scout, “with the mental toughness to execute under pressure, leg strength and accuracy, this kid is a D1 level talent.” He was offered by UMHB on Feb. 25. 

Tyree Perry

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Houston, Texas/C.E. High School

Commitment Date: May 9, 2022

The 6’0, 270 lb guard is yet another solid addition to the incoming class of offensive linemen. Perry is quick to make contact with the opposing defensive linemen, possessing a strong first step, creating open holes in the line for the running backs. He helped King HS to a 10-3 mark in 2021, and a third-place finish in District 21-6A. 

Jacen Foster

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School/Prev. College: San Antonio, Texas/Clark High School/Crown College

Commitment Date: April 21, 2022

Foster’s transfer to UMHB came to our attention recently, and the offensive lineman returns to his native state with four years of eligibility, but 10 games of collegiate experience. Standing at 6’3, 320 lbs, Foster could contribute early, and is the fifth known transfer for UMHB entering the 2022 season. Coming from D-III Crown College, Foster’s size and versatility as both a guard and tackle makes him a great addition to the incoming class of offensive linemen. He is especially strong in pass protection, demonstrating exceptional lateral footwork. 

Saylor Upshaw

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: San Marcos, Texas/San Marcos High School

Commitment Date: May 4, 2022

Ranked as one of the state’s top wing forwards in the Class of 2023, Upshaw plays incredibly well around the rim, as a top-notch rebounder and consistent scorer in the paint. According to NCSA, she averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds per game during her junior season and shot 60 percent from the field. Upshaw has great footwork with the ball in her possession, able to beat the help-side defense for a layup off the glass, and she also has an almost-natural rebounding ability on both ends of the floor. 

Larry Telles

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Junction, Texas/Junction High School

Commitment Date: February 18, 2022

A 5’10, 170 lb running back, Telles is a versatile weapon out of the backfield. Running in Junction’s wishbone-style offensive formation, Telles is a stellar back because of his ability to cut to the outside after a handoff and read the blockers well. Additionally, he has great hands, often catching short passes before turning upfield for significant gains. Not to mention, he also saw time on defense for Junction, and his speed and agility make him hard to stop, whether attempting a tackle, or putting pressure on the opposing quarterback.

Jaqai Neal

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Manvel, Texas/Manvel High School

Commitment Date: March 11, 2022

A slot cornerback, Neal is exceptional in pass coverage against some of the fastest receivers on the field. As a senior, he tallied 22 solo tackles in 12 games, along with 2.0 tackles for loss. With an ability to get to the ball, he recorded two interceptions and six pass deflections, making him a hard matchup for any opposing receiver to go up against. It is unknown if he held any other offers. 

DaMarion Chambers

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Waco, Texas/Waco University HS

Commitment Date: March 13, 2022

Another addition to the quarterbacks unit in this year’s recruiting class, Chambers brings a dual-threat ability to Belton, something that shows up both on film and the stat sheet. He rushed for 246 yards and three touchdowns as a senior in 2021, while throwing 650 with a completion rate of 48.6%. He had two touchdowns and nine interceptions through the air, but was hard for defenses to stop, based on his ability to leave the pocket and run upfield when he sensed pressure in the backfield. It is unknown if Chambers held any other offers. 

Luke Keefer

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Sachse, Texas/Sachse High School

Commitment Date: March 14, 2022

A running back and wide receiver, Keefer is quick, running a 4.58 40-yard dash. It helped him standout in nine games during his senior year in 2021, as he tallied 845 rush yards and six scores on the ground. Keefer, who stands at 5’9, 185 lbs, averaged 7.3 yards per carry on 116 rushing attempts. In addition to UMHB, he was offered by Southwestern College, Kansas Wesleyan, Friends Univ., Bethel College, and SAGU. 

Sam Gierat

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School:Cibolo, Texas/Antonian College Prep HS

Commitment Date: March 18, 2022

Gierat, a 6’2, 200 lb quarterback, is the third known quarterback commit for the Cru in the Class of 2022. A strong-armed passer who saw action in parts of 11 games as a senior, Gierat threw for 657 yards on 41 completions, with six touchdowns. Between his junior and senior seasons, his completion rate improved by 37.8%, a sign of his development as a quarterback. He held offers from the University of Puget Sound, and Southwestern in addition to UMHB. 

Tyce Gentry

Sport: Men’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Brock, Texas/Brock High School

Commitment Date: March 3, 2022

Gentry, a 6’3, 170 lb shooting guard who averaged 20 points per game, is a solid scorer from all areas of the floor. He shoots from three-point range especially well, but in transition, can score well at the rim on fast-breaks. Gentry led Brock deep into the State Playoffs as a senior, as the team posted a 31-9 record, reaching the regional finals. He held offers from Wayland Baptist, Ottawa University, and Penn State Greater Allegheny before being offered by UMHB on Feb. 27, committing four days later. 

Issac Phe

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Wylie, Texas/Wylie High School

Commitment Date: March 2, 2022

A tremendous passer, the 6’1 quarterback threw for 1,900 yards during his senior year in 2021, tossing 18 touchdown passes with just seven interceptions. Phe sees the field well, and has incredible strength that allows him to get the ball well downfield to an open receiver. With good agility, he avoids the opposing pass rush well and still completes passes for positive gains despite pressure in the backfield. He was also offered by Denison University, and earned his offer from UMHB on Feb. 8.

Karlee HastingsDECOMMITTED

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Krum, Texas/Krum High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 23, 2022

A 5’10 forward/guard, Hastings shoots the ball well from beyond the arc, and on Monday, was named a Second Team All-District selection at the 4A level. She helped Krum to a 27-13 record that included three playoff wins this past year as a junior, averaging 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. A superb defender, Hastings tallied 30-plus blocks in 2021-22, contesting every opposing shot in her vicinity. She took a visit to UMHB on Jan.8 and was offered by the Cru on January 10. She is a member of UMHB’s 2023 recruiting class. 

Jaydon Gibbs

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Sachse, Texas/Sachse High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 21, 2022

Gibbs, a 6’0, 275 lb defensive tackle, is a force in the middle of the defensive front. He gets into the backfield quickly, having tallied 35 total tackles and 21 solo tackles as a senior. Gibbs also recorded two sacks and eight quarterback hurries, helping Sachse to a 6-1 district record in 2021. He received offers from Avila University, McPherson College and Bethany College over the course of the fall. 

Blair Neighbors

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Thrall, Texas/Thrall High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 23, 2022

Neighbors, a linebacker and safety, is quick to the ball, but also phenomenal in pass coverage. Often matched up with an opposing halfback or tight end, Neighbors displays exceptional lateral quickness, and was a force for each of the last several seasons for Thrall’s defense. Neighbors was offered by UMHB on Feb. 14 and also had a walk-on opportunity at D-II Angelo State, as well as offers from Texas Lutheran, McPherson and Defiance College. 

Doderick Peoples

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Red Oak, Texas/Red Oak High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 22, 2022

A 5’10 cornerback, Peoples recorded 33 tackles, seven pass breakups and two interceptions in 2021, thanks to his agility and footwork, which is especially seen in pass coverage, when matched up against the opponent’s near side receiver. He also showed the ability to blitz on a number of plays, shooting the outside gaps of the offensive line and getting to the quarterback. He returned kickoffs for Red Oak as a senior, often giving the offense solid field position. Peoples held offers from McPherson, Graceland University and Manchester University. 

Cameron Bibins

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: New Braunfels, Texas/Canyon High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 14, 2022

The starting running back at Canyon as a senior, Bibins was a First Team All-District honoree this past fall. Upon taking a handoff, the 5’8 standout is quick through an opening the offensive line, and a dynamic force out of the backfield with his agility. He also saw time at safety during his high school career, helping the defense to the 5A state playoffs as a junior. Bibins was well recruited by ASC program, as he was offered by Hardin-Simmons, Texas Lutheran, and Sul Ross State in addition to UMHB. 

Jacob Alston

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Monahans, Texas/Monahans High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 14, 2022

An Honorable Mention All-State honoree at the 4A level, Alston displays great footwork and a high football IQ. He primarily played tackle for Monahans this past year, and also saw action on defense at defensive end. He held 11 collegiate offers, including opportunities from D-III power Mount Union, as well as ASC rival Hardin-Simmons, Otterbein, Howard Payne, and Wayland Baptist. 

Cameron Mitton

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: McKinney, TexasNike Dallas FC 

Commitment Date: Feb. 2, 2022

The fleet-footed 6’1, 200 lb running back and safety is a threat in multiple facets of the game. As a returner, he reads his blockers well, and his speed and agility allow for separation from the kicking unit as he sprints upfield. At running back, it is much of the same, as Mitton’s outside running ability creates numerous big gains on the ground. His ability to change direction on a dime is impressive, and that agility helps him on the defensive end as well. Mitton visited UMHB on Jan. 30. 

Jonathan Diaz

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School:Lubbock, Texas/Roosevelt High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 2, 2022

A standout linebacker and running back who reads the opposing offensive backfields well, Diaz tallied 115 solo tackles in 15 games this season, 151 total, with 24.0 TFL. Those eye-popping stats are present in his offensive performances as well, with 66 carries for 1,112 yards as a senior. He tallied three 100+ yard rushing performances, with a total of 19 touchdowns in 2021. His hard-nosed running sticks out on film, as offensively, he runs downhill, reading his blockers, and defensively, he powers through the opposing offensive line to make the tackle in the backfield. Diaz also held offers from Wayland Baptist and Hardin-Simmons. 

Kayden Baze

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Odessa, Texas/Permian High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 2, 2022

Baze originally committed to Hardin-Simmons, but the First Team All-State honorable mention honoree flipped his commitment to UMHB on signing day. A 6’1, 185 lb safety and linebacker, Baze is quick to the ball, and tallied 111 total tackles, 66 of which were solo, two interceptions and six pass deflections as a senior. Baze held offers from McMurry, Wayland Baptist, Graceland, Iowa Wesleyan, Texas Wesleyan and Hardin-Simmons, before committing to UMHB, who offered the Odessa native on Jan. 8. 

Tyler Fussell

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School:Fort Worth, Texas/Eaton High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 2, 2022

The first quarterback commit for the Cru in the Class of 2022, Fussell has quite an arm, throwing for 2,054 yards as a senior. On film against the blitz, Fussell has notable composure, stepping up in the pocket before finding the open receiver downfield. Agile and accurate, Fussell completed 60.8 percent of his passes in 2021, adding 18 touchdowns and just four interceptions. In fact, in his final high school regular season game, against Timber Creek, he set the new school record for passing yards in a game, throwing for 331 yards and four scores. He also held offers from Howard Payne, Hendrix and Carthage College. 

Isaiah Adams

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: North Richland Hills, Texas/Richland High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 1, 2022

Adams, a defensive tackle, is a run-stopping force. He tallied 48 tackles this season, 15 solo, with 2.0 sacks, and made a tremendous impact for Richland’s defensive front. Adams was also a Second-Team All-District selection in 2021. The 6’1, 265 lb defensive tackle held offers from ETBU, McPherson, and D-II Upper Iowa University. He was offered by UMHB on Jan. 15. 

Cole Strickland

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Allen, Texas/Allen High School

Commitment Date: Jan. 24, 2022

Strickland, a 6’0, 240 lb defensive lineman, stood out for Allen this past season as a senior. In 11 games, he tallied 11 solo tackles, 22 total tackles, a sack and two quarterback hurries. The film shows a player with great agility, who often sprints through the A-Gap (gap on offensive line between center and guard) to make tackles in the backfield. With that, he also has the ability to force the quarterback out of the pocket and plays a key role in the pass rush. Strickland’s shuttle top time is 4.35 seconds. He was offered by UMHB on Jan. 13. 

Elizabeth Elder

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: San Juan Capistrano, California/Crean High School

Commitment Date: Dec. 21, 2021

A day after getting a non-conference win over Schreiner, the Cru picked up a win in the recruiting game, securing a commitment from Elizabeth Elder, in the Class of 2023. Elder is the first known commit for UMHB in the Class of 2023, as she is in her junior year at Crean High School. A 5’9 guard who shoots it well from the outside, Elder possesses incredible defensive skills, including an ability to stay in front of the ball handler in transition with excellent footwork. Last season at San Juan Hills High School, she averaged 8.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game. Elder also played for the Cal Storm 17U National Team in the summer on the AAU circuit.

Brookeyln Guerrero

Sport: Softball

Hometown/High School: China Spring, Texas/China Spring High School

Commitment Date: Dec. 18, 2021

Guerrero, an All-District selection in 2021, is the first known Class of 2023 commit for head coach Melissa Mojica’s program. Last spring, as a sophomore, she hit .390 in 27 games, with 33 RBI and two home runs, with 14 of her 32 hits going for extra bases. The infielder/catcher will join her club teammates Hannah McCallister and Bralyn Belk, both Class of 2022 commits, in Belton, and in October, she was ranked as one of top Class of 2023 utility players in the state of Texas by Lonestar Preps. Guerrero made her visit to UMHB on Sept. 21 of this year. 

Nicklas Fenner

Sport: Baseball

Hometown/High School: Canton, Texas/Canton High School

Commitment Date: April 16, 2021

Fenner is another solid addition to UMHB’s incoming recruiting class as he plays both ways in high school as a corner infielder and a pitcher, and has a solid 6’1, 200 lb frame. On the mound, he mixes speeds well and tends to strike out most hitters on a high fastball just above the zone that topped out at 84 mph last summer. As of April 12, Fenner was 3-0 on the season in 20 innings of work with 38 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.45. He has plenty of power behind his swing at the plate, and could hit in the four or five slot in UMHB’s lineup.

Mason Stewart

Sport: Football

Hometown/High School: Waller, Texas/Waller High School

Commitment Date: Feb. 1, 2021

Stewart, a versatile running back/wide receiver in the Class of 2021, brings to Belton tremendous speed, as he was clocked running a 4.5 40-yard dash according to Hudl. A 5’9, 175 lb standout, he may have been overlooked by Div. I programs due to his size, but has the skill set of Div. I players, with a high level of agility and vision when running up field. He was especially effective off the direct snap and wildcat formations for Waller this past season.

In addition to the offer he received from UMHB, Wisconsin Lutheran, Bethel College, Albright College and Southwestern also offered Stewart.

Abry Odom

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Lewisville, Texas/Hebron High School

Commitment Date: April 17, 2021

Odom, a class of 2021 commit, possesses an excellent outside shooting ability. A guard with great ball handling skills, her accuracy from long range makes her a sharpshooter who will likely play on the wing. She distributes the ball well, and will fit nicely into UMHB’s offense as a scoring weapon.

In addition to the offer she received from UMHB on Aug. 7, 2020, Odom was also offered by UT Dallas.

Sarah Monday

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Muenster, Texas/Muenster High School

Commitment Date: April 5, 2021

Monday is an intriguing player in the Class of 2021 because of her strong defensive presence combined with her accuracy from three-point range. It is likely the UMHB coaching staff will use her a wing or in the high post because of her versatility. Monday’s style of play is something we’re seeing across all levels of women’s basketball, as ballhandling and three-point shooting skills have taken center stage. Interestingly, though listed as a shooting forward on Muenster’s roster, UMHB’s graphic featuring Monday listed her as a guard. On her Twitter bio, she is also listed as a point guard/shooting guard. She led Muenster to a 29-2 record during this past season.

Monday was also offered by Southwestern Assemblies of God (SAGU).

Makayla Ward

Sport: Women’s Basketball

Hometown/High School: Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson High School

Commitment Date: April 4, 2021

Ward, a guard in the Class of 2021, is a solid ballhandler who sees the floor extremely well. On offense, she drives to the lane with force, but also has great vision to find the open shooter. Perhaps her best move when driving to the lane is the eurostep, and it helped Ward penetrate opposing defenses this past season. Her awareness on defense is also worthy of mention, as she demonstrates tremendous footwork and tallied several multi-steal games this past year.

Ward returned to the court this season after suffering an ACL injury last year.

UMHB offered Ward on Feb. 13, 2021.

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